Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents

Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents

by Boris Gasparov

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ISBN-13: 9780231504454
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Boris Gasparov is professor of Russian, cochair and founder of the University Seminar on Romanticism, and a member of the Seminars on Linguistics and Slavic History and Culture at Columbia University. Educated in linguistics and musicology in Moscow in the 1960s, he completed his intellectual development in Tartu, Estonia, which at the time was a renowned center of research on cultural history, semiotics, and poetics. Gasparov immigrated to the United States in 1981 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for eleven years before settling at Columbia. His publications include Five Operas and a Symphony: Word and Music in Russian Culture, which received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and Speech, Memory, and Meaning: Intertextuality in Everyday Language. He is also the editor of Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism: From the Golden Age to the Silver Age.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Saussure, "Saussurism," and "Saussurology"
1. The Person
2. The Writings
3. Antinomies of the Sign
4. Fragmentation and Progressivity: Saussure's Semiotics in the Mirror of Early Romantic Epistemology
5. Diachrony and History
6. The Anagram
7. Linguistics of Speech: An Unrealizable Promise?
Conclusion: Freedom and Mystery—the Peripathetic Nature of Language
Works Cited

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